BGM Players
This page was last modified 01:34, 7 March 2018 by Gdx. Based on work by Randam and Meits and others.

From several MSX games, most or all music can be heard in isolation. This is both enjoyable for people who like to listen to these tunes without having to play the game, and for composers/arrangers who want to make a correct cover of all or some of the music. Some games feature prominent or hidden music players, other games have been hacked and the music was put into a BGM player on MSX, or on PC. In the early demo scene, incidental game tunes served as music behind demos, due to the lack of a successful music tool - this was eventually solved with the release of FAC Soundtracker. The tables below feature complete BGM players for one or more games, not MSX demos featuring an incidental song.

Several players for hacked music as well as official collections have been published in the past:

  • MSX
    • Micro Music, Micro Cabin music player TSR by F. Hilderink
    • Cabin Times, disk B in the Xak the Tower of Gazzel package
    • Imagine, a music player by Black Label
    • Imagine II, a music player by Black Label
    • Konmouse, a music player by Ramon van der Winkel
    • Martos, there are various simple BGM players for several of Martos' cracked Konami ROMs. These are simple text mode players where each keyboard key features a song or sound effect
    • Disc Station Special 1 - Spring Edition, issue of diskmagazine by Compile featuring the soundtracks from Aleste and Golvellius 2
  • non-MSX
    • Hoot, a Windows player by SNESmusic.org (Hoot), requires you to download game music packs seperately
    • KSS, a plug-in format (KSS), requires you to download game music packs seperately
    • KSSg, a Windows player by F.Groen. Its real name is KSS, but since there's also the plug-in with the same name, for clarity it'll feature an added 'g' in its name, referring to the last name of the author.
    • MMP, a Windows player by F.Groen. Doesn't appear to be working correctly (it's not usable) in Windows 7/64.

All MSX players have the advantage that all individual channels can be exported using openMSX's channel exporter. KSSg features a channel exporter too, though only one by one, and only for its own pack of games.

Game packageMSX player non-MSX player Remark
BPS
Tetris Boot with [ESC] pressed - - -
Compile
Aleste During the intro, hold down [S] [T] [Space] Disc Station Special 1 - Spring Edition MMP, Hoot -
Aleste Gaiden Press any cursor key 24 times at title screen - Hoot -
Aleste 2 Start with disk B or C and hold down [Select] - Hoot -
Blaster Burn: Budruga Episode 3 - - Hoot -
Golvellius In the first screen after the initial cave press [Left] [Right] [Left] [Right] [Left] [Right] - Hoot -
Golvellius 2 - Disc Station Special 1 - Spring Edition Hoot Does not work with internal MSX-Music
Guardic At the highscore screen, press [Left] [Right] [Left] [Right] [Left] [Right] - Hoot -
Jagur At the beginning of the game, go to the very west of the map, then north. Enter the first bar on the left. Press [Up], then [Space] twice - Hoot -
Magical Voice During the intro, hold down [S] [T] [Space] - - -
Puyo Puyo - - Hoot -
Randar 3 Start a new game with SOUND as character name - - Incomplete
Rune Master 2 Press [F1] and [F2] at title screen - Hoot -
Rune Master 3 Boot disk 2, start the game and hold [S] - - -
Zanac - - Hoot -
Zanac Ex During Game Over tune, hold down [C] [D] [S] [T] - - -
Falcom
Dragon Slayer 6 - The Legend of Heroes - Imagine MMP, Hoot Imagine is incomplete
Ys II - The Final Chapter Boot disk B with [F3] held down - Hoot Not all music in the game is included in the native player
Game Arts
Thexder - - Hoot -
Fire Hawk At the title menu, select System and then Music - Hoot While playing a Mission BGM, press [Select] for the boss music. Incomplete; 1st intro and ending music not present
Hegega
Teachers Terror In Teachers select screen press [CTRL] and type "Erwin" - - -
Hertz
Hydefos Hold down [B] [G] [M] during game boot - - -
Psycho World Hold down [B] [G] [M] during game boot - - Incomplete
Sword of Legend Lenam Start with disk D - - -
Infinite
Dr.Pill - - KSS -
Montana John and the Templar's Treasure Menu - KSS The amount of songs featured in the menu depends on game progress
Kogado
Jikuu no Hanayome - - Hoot -
Konami
Knightmare II - The Maze of Galious - Slayer Music Demo KSSg, KSS, MMP, Hoot -
Metal Gear 2 - Solid Snake Select cigarettes and set the radio fequency to 140.07 - KSSg, KSS, MMP, Hoot -
Nemesis - Konmouse KSSg, KSS, MMP, Hoot -
Nemesis 2 - Konmouse KSSg, KSS, MMP, Hoot -
SD Snatcher - - KSSg, KSS, MMP, Hoot -
Micro Cabin
AshGuine Story III - - Hoot -
Illusion City During the game press [STOP], choose System, then BGM Imagine II, Micro Music MMP, Hoot -
Kimagure Orange Road Enter the pub called ABCB and select See in the menu - - -
Perfect Sokoban In-game menu - - -
Xak - The Art of Visual Stage During the game press [F4] and chose BGM Cabin Times, Micro Music, MMP, Hoot Cabin Times versions do not always correspond with in-game music
Xak II - Rising of the Redmoon - Cabin Times, Micro Music MMP, Hoot Cabin Times versions do not always correspond with in-game music
Xak - The Tower of Gazzel During the game press [F5] Imagine II, Micro Music MMP, Hoot Both Imagine II and Micro Music suffer from minor incorrect playback
Fray - Cabin Times, Micro Music MMP, Hoot Cabin Times versions do not always correspond with in-game music
Tower of Cabin - Imagine II, Micro Music MMP, Hoot -
Big Strategy 2 - Imagine II, Micro Music - -
Princess Maker - Imagine II, Micro Music Hoot -
nenefranz
Zombie Incident Press [F5] at title screen - - -
Scaptrust
Starship Rendezvous At the intro/title screen (woman with hair), press [F2] - Hoot Press [F2] during game to switch chips
Tecno Soft
Feedback During the intro, hold down [S] [T] [Space] - Hoot -
Shin Ku Gyoku Den - New Legendly Nine Gems - Imagine II - -
Telenet
Andorogynus Press [F5] at title screen - Hoot -
Fantasm Soldier Valis 2 Press [F5] at title screen Imagine II Hoot -
Sa-Zi-Ri Press [F5] at title screen - Hoot -
XZR Press [F5] during introduction - Hoot -
XZR II Press [F5] during introduction - Hoot -